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Dec 7, 2014

Poisoning rats to save penguins

Photo by Phil Illingworth/South Georgia Heritage Trust
Seen above, in the south Atlantic Ocean, is a King Penguin colony on South Georgia where the world's largest rat colony poisoning project aims to eliminate the island of rats which feed on the birds' small chicks and have devastated sea bird populations.   The South Georgia Heritage Trust estimates there are over 100 million seabirds occupying the island.   The rat infestation, along with mice, reindeer and invasive plants has been going on for 200 years.   Presumably, humans can be added to that list.   While rats are the immediate target, mice and reindeer are to word yet on eradicating the humans.

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